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Two Pechanga players win Mini Coopers

5 March 2014

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Two lucky winners in one week drove home in sporty Mini Coopers from Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula.

Linda Kittle of San Fernando and Tung Tran of Murrieta, Calif. both won in two separate drawings as part of the Lunar New Year celebration at the resort/casino. Out of thousands of entries in the drawing drum, Linda Kittle emerged the winner of the February 21 drawing and Tung Tran came forward more automotively endowed at the February 28 event. Contestants earned entries by playing Blackjack during the month of February in honor of Lunar New Year and the Year of the Horse.

For Linda Kittle, winning a car is now something that has happened twice in her life. Each time, she says she won because of something special and unique she felt. At Pechanga Resort & Casino, the finalists were called on stage and each was asked to select an envelope that would reveal what they would win. Linda comes from a family of 12 brothers and sisters so for luck, she chose the fifth envelope, since she is the fifth child. As luck, or fate, would have it, the Number 5 envelope contained the message “Car Winner.” She drove off from Pechanga back to San Fernando along Interstate 210 in her shiny red 2014 Mini Cooper.

Her previous car win happened 30 years ago in the 1980s in the United Kingdom. She and her husband lived in the island country while he was stationed there in the military. The first time the couple went to play bingo at the military base, she discovered they were also giving away a new Mitsubishi. Linda felt beginner’s luck was in her favor that night. She scored the Bingo and the new car. The Mini Cooper, however, is a car she says she will keep for a long time, and the steering wheel is on the correct side for the United States, too.

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